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April 27, 2017, Richmond, VA — Excessive livestock manure from millions of turkeys, chickens and cows in Virginia is making its way into the Shenandoah River, polluting the scenic waterway with unsafe levels of E. coli, according to a new report from an environmental advocacy group. The Environmental Integrity Project…
April 27, 2017, Wilkes-Barre, PA – A state court judge cited Pennsylvania’s Right To Farm Act (RTFA) in recently dismissing a case from neighbors who filed a lawsuit over the use of liquid swine manure as part of the defendants' farming operations. Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas…
April 24, 2017, Lafayette, NY – Here's a statistic to start your day. A dairy farm with 200 cows produces as much manure as the city of Albany and its 98,000 residents produces sewage, according to a leading environmental group.Communities have experience with managing human waste, but as the state's…
April 13, 2017, Emerald, WI – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating a large manure spill from a dairy in St. Croix County.
April 10, 2017, Owatonna, MN – Public perception can dictate and lead to public policy. It is important for agriculture professionals to step out of their own boots and look at how they do business from the perspective of the general public. Is it a positive image? If not, the…
March 30, 2017, Jefferson City, MO — Bill Reiboldt believes some Missouri farmers don't want local authorities to have any control over them. "We just want to be regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Agriculture," said Reiboldt, a Republican state representative from Neosho. "We…
February 28, 2017, Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana House approved a more streamlined process for authorizing confined animal feeding operations under a bill passed Feb. 27. Rep. David Wolkins, R-Warsaw, gave an extended explanation of the bill to his colleagues because of confusion about what it does. For example, he…
December 6, 2016, Springfield, IL – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) recently released the results of the 2015 Producer Survey, which was designed to accurately reflect the nutrient management and conservation practices used for the state Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). The survey questions…
December 5, 2016, Hot Springs, VA – Over the past two years, hundreds of Virginia farmers have taken proactive steps to protect water quality on their land. Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Basil Gooden applauded their efforts Nov. 29 at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s 2016 Annual Convention…
December 1, 2016, Baltimore, MD – We all try to meet our obligations in life, whether personal or professional. Living up to our commitments builds trust and earns a worthy reputation. That's why it's so disappointing that the Maryland Department of Agriculture is proposing to weaken the ban against spreading…
December 1, 2016, Madison, WI – Following a yearlong effort to analyze staff resources and prioritize core work, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently announced implementation plans for a strategic effort to better align its functions and organizational structure with the changing needs of customers and stakeholders. DNR Secretary…
October 5, 2016, Madison, WI – Miles of phosphorus-laden muck must be removed from stream beds that lead to Madison’s lakes. It’s the most promising and dramatic way to improve the health of Mendota, Monona and the other lakes in the Yahara chain, which has been fouled by heavy weeds…
August 12, 2016, Celina, OH – It wasn’t long ago that Grand Lake St. Marys was the center of controversy due to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). A lot has happened since that time and phosphorus reduction was one of several important topics at the Ohio Dairy Producers Association (ODPA) Summer…
July 18, 2016, Montpelier, VT – New state water quality rules could soon apply to all of Vermont's farms. The rules will cover not just dairy farms, but also other livestock operations, as well as vegetable and crop farms. If the draft rules are approved, Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture will…
May 11, 2016, Harrisburg, PA – In a recent briefing to the State Conservation Commission (SCC), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials discussed details of the collaboration between DEP and county conservation districts to conduct farm inspections in the Chesapeake Bay watershed as part of the recently announced "Bay…

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